Kyiv won’t make attempts to stop Crimea’s occupation by force of arms, Oleksandr Turchinov, Ukraine’ acting president, said. Meanwhile, Russian media report that Crimea will become a republic of the Russian Federation.
Not to expose their eastern borders to a risk they decided against bringing troops into Crimea, Mr Turchinov told France Press. ‘What they call a referendum will be held in the Kremlin, not in Crimea,’ he added.
A secret understanding on Crimea’s joining Russia has been already reached, Russian Gazeta.ru says referring to its own sources. Crimea might be turned into a republic having two official languages: Russian and Crimean Tatar.
Crimean Tatars declared their intention to boycott the referendum scheduled on March 16.